Baking soda is a staple that should be among the cleaning supplies of every household. It's effective, does no harm to the environment, and is dirt cheap. Here are some ways you can freshen up your home with baking soda:
Deodorize areas: You probably already know this. Place a dish of baking soda in drawers, closets, rooms, the refrigerator or any other place that needs deodorizing. The baking soda will absorb moisture and unpleasant smells.
Deodorize the rugs or carpet: Sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of the carpet and let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it up. Most of the unpleasant smells in the carpet should be eliminated.
Unclog drains: I mentioned this in my post about the cleaning powers of white vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 3/4 cup of vinegar. You may see bubbles emerge from the drain when the two elements react. Leave it for a few minutes, then run hot water down the drain.
Clean the toilet: Sprinkle some baking soda into the toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. You'll find the toilet bowl easier to scrub clean the next day.
Remove stains, fungus and mold: Create a paste with baking soda and water to scrub grimy surfaces clean. Baking soda works as a great abrasive scrub.
Use it as a cockroach killer: A combination of baking soda and granulated sugar makes for a great natural, non-toxic cockroach killer.